May 10, 2009 11:51 PM

3M Team Moves Up Two Spots in Points Standings with Eighth-Place Finish in Darlington

Darlington, S.C. (May 9, 2009) – With two wins under his belt at Darlington Raceway, Greg Biffle had high expectations for this weekend’s race.  After getting an early draw for qualifying, Biffle turned in the 11th fastest lap.  He and the 3M team were a little disappointed with their starting position but Biffle began picking up positions shortly after the green flag dropped.  He took the lead on lap 123 when the team sent him out of the pits first.  Biffle maintained the lead for over 90 laps, dropped back after a four tire stop, regained the lead on lap 253 and dropped back to ninth again after a four tire stop on lap 216.  A spin on lap 295 sent Biffle into the inside wall which resulted in minor left front fender damage.  Biffle and the 3M team fought back from 23rd for an eighth-place finish.  The top-10 finish moved the team up two positions to ninth in the point standings.

After turning in the second and seventh fastest times in the practices on Friday, Biffle went out third for qualifying.  As it had rained just before qualifying, the track conditions were a little different than in practice.  Biffle was eleventh on the board when qualifying was over for a starting position on the inside of row six.

After the drop of the green flag, Biffle dropped back a little and reported that the car was too loose.  He was running 13th when the first caution came out on lap four but had made his way up to eighth by the second caution on lap 21.  He pitted during the second caution for two tires but no adjustments were made as the car’s handling had improved.  On lap 82, however, Biffle made his second pit stop of the day and the team gave him a spring rubber adjustment to correct the tight handling condition the car had acquired since the first stop.

During a pit stop for four tires on lap 120, the 3M crew sent Biffle out with the lead.  He was able to maintain the lead until lap 216 when he pitted under yellow for four tires and fuel.  Several other teams took on only two tires and Biffle restarted eighth on lap 219.  By lap 249, Biffle had made his way back up to fifth and pitted under yellow for two tires and a wedge adjustment.  He returned to the track with the lead and the field restarted on lap 253.

Biffle was able to hold the lead again until the next caution on lap 275 and then pitted for four tires and fuel.  Again, several teams took only two tires or did not pit and Biffle restarted ninth on lap 281.  He reported that the car was a little loose and spun into the inside wall 14 laps later.  The contact caused minor damage to the left front fender but the team was able to repair it in the pits.  Biffle restarted 21st on lap 300 and quickly dropped back to 23rd with a loose racecar.

On lap 331, Biffle made his way back into the top 10 and was able to pick up two more spots in the remaining laps for an eighth-place finish.

“I really don’t know what happened,” said Biffle in reference to his spin.  “The car just took off.  I almost wrecked off of two and then it spun out down there by itself.  I have no idea.  I had a great car, but I just couldn’t get back up there.” 

Following their eighth-place finish in Darlington, Greg Biffle and the 3M team moved up two spots to ninth in the Sprint Cup point standings.  They are 256 points behind leader Jeff Gordon but 81 points ahead of 13th.  The 3M team will return to the track on Saturday, May 18th at Lowe’s Motor Speedway for the Sprint All-Star Challenge.

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